My Favorite Teas, Tonics, and More!

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I believe that everyday your body has the opportunity to cleanse and heal itself.  Through mindful practices that soon become habits, your body can instantly start to change for the better.  From the inside out, you may experience more energy, better skin, and overall better feeling about not just your body.

Here are some of my tried and true favorites.  For only a week, to maybe a consistent healthy ritual, how long is up to you and how you want to feel.

Morning:

Warm Lemon Water with ACV and Turmeric

  • 1/2 lemon
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric

Green Juice

  • kale
  • spinach
  • parsley
  • apple
  • ginger
  • lemon

Smoothie

  • kale
  • pineapple chunks
  • mango
  • almond milk/coconut water
  • avocado
  • flaxseeds

 

Day:

Cleansing Water

  • Slices of cucumber
  • fresh parsley
  • lemon
  • pitcher of water

Beet Juice

  • beets
  • carrots
  • apple
  • ginger
  • lemon

 

Night:

Tea Packets (or fresh)

  1. Milk Thistle (liver cleansing)
  2. Dandelion (spring detoxing)
  3. Ginger (gut health)

Turmeric Latte

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • cinnamon
  • raw honey

PS.  What are your go to superfoods??  What would you add?  Take out?  I think this is a basis, but feel free to have a little *healthy* fun!

 

March Lovin’: Cleanse Me Edition, Recipe Included!

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Hello, my dears!

A lighter post for you all.  One filled with pictures, hidden stories, and a way to remember enjoyment of the little things

I was looking through my intentions for the ending month.  As to kind of see how I have accomplished some, need to work on many, and how I can go further.  Well, a couple that stood out was my intention to feel daring and to humble myself.  Both, I believe are in the process of being conquered and definitely are to move further.

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Well, I stepped up my business game.  Little videos and plans here and there.  Just a start on how I want to get out there, and then actually doing it.  Then I did my detox.  And I found a little goes along way, especially with food.  Sweet Soul Nourishment can be found anywhere.

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Remember, when times were simple?  Or so I thought.  When we were just eating whatever and cooking up a storm?  Whatever felt right, for the day or week, I was on a mission to create.  Something delicious, lasting, and nourishing.  As all meals should be, but with a little twist.  The little twist being all the meat, cheese, and comfort, to make the week seem a bit more enjoyable.

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All fun and games during the winter season, until of course the detox came into play.  Which is exactly what I needed.  A detox to rid habits, foods, and cravings that came about more often.  Not that I couldn’t enjoy those delicious pastas and meats, but I think a calling to Nature’s food was in full blown with Spring

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My favorite were the smoothies, and I am happy to say that I have I have kept it up beyond my detox!  Instead of my breakfast of bread, butter, and eggs, I transitioned into a vegan green smoothie lover.  I never thought that would happen, since to be quite honest, I’ve done detoxes before and the whole drink for breakfast thing never stuck.  Maybe it’s the fact I can make it myself? The beauty in the colors?  Whatever it is, I’m going to make it last for awhile I think.

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Simple dinners also played a huge role as well.  Quinoa and roasted vegetables are something I would gladly do at least once of week with PLENTY of leftovers for lunch as well.  Pretty much how I started really learning to cook, I’m glad to revisit.  The basics of cutting veggies, roasting, and making a filling easy meal.

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Early mornings.  So close, but yet so far.  If you known me for a while, to say I’m not the biggest sleeper is an understatement.  While I envy those who can fall asleep by 9/10, to get those precious eight hours in, I also love the fact I am an early a bird regardless of the very minimum I get of sleeping beauty.  Yet, I have found myself wanting more.  More sleep and even earlier mornings.  Think it can be done?  I shall keep you updated.

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Can we talk about the warmer weather?  At first, I looked at it as a tease.  It was making me miss my palm trees way too much.  I don’t get impressed too easily either.  BUT, I will say it has motivated me to get more into the swing of things.  A little more activity and natural vibes.  I’m starting to remember my love for minimalism all over again.

 

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And now….

A little recipe, almost to easy to even call it that.  Whether on a detox or not, it’s perfect for a when you need a little more than a smoothie or juice.  Especially, when you have leftovers of quinoa that needs to be eaten.  My real motivation.

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  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 tbs chia seeds
  • cinnamon
  • fruit (I incorporated frozen mixed berries and mango)
  • 1 spoon almond butta

Mix the quinoa, milk, chia seeds, and cinnamon.  Let sit for about 20 minutes to allow quinoa and chia seeds to absorb the liquid.  Top as you please!

 

PS.  I really need some new bowls.

Fear of an Open Wound

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So many of us have some kind of fear.  Heights, closed spaces, needles, clowns.  It’s something that no matter how many times someone can convince us otherwise, sometimes even prove, we can never get over it.  That feeling of your heart pounding, just even at the thought, will have you thinking again about facing those fears.

When I was a little girl, I remember riding my bike down the sidewalk right in front of our house.  Like many kids, I fell off my bike and didn’t land as gracefully as anyone hoped.  On my left arm, my elbow slashed the concrete, right away giving the sight of raw white skin and blood.  Hysterical and scared, I had help getting cleaned up, moving on from one of many traumatizing moments as a kid.  Well, 20 years later, I write this with a pretty big scar, skin protruding irregular, on my left elbow.

I did get back on my bike, several in fact.  Always cautious never to fall and always stayed within my own quiet neighborhood.  Slowly, but surely, my urge to get back on slowly drifted away.  It could have been the fact that I grew out of it, I moved to a more urban area, hell, I had my own car!  What I can definitely say now, is I don’t really have the urge to ride a bike again.  Walking, running, or driving, I have what I need to get the exercise and transportation that I would ever want.

This is where my fear of an open wound comes in.  This is not about how a little girl fell off her bike, but how a young woman had her heart broken.

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My ladies, my gentlemen, have you ever felt that?  That searing pain in your heart, that then runs through your whole body?  You spend nights crying yourself asleep, or in solitude, just thinking about everything that you shouldn’t be thinking about.  Whether from a lover, a boyfriend, girlfriend, family member, or friend.  You gave your all to someone, your heart, and they let it fall to bruise, or even worse, to break.  Leaving you with an open wound.  Do you know that feeling?  It fucking sucks.

How do you get over it?  Do you just let yourself feel for a bit? Wallow in that pain and pity?  I say you do.  I say it’s very necessary to feel that pain, and really get to know it’s capabilities over you.  Because, only till you understand what it can do to you, then you can overcome it.  Too many times you hear that people change, or that it’s already been a good amount of time for you to move on.  But I say, let yourself be the judge of that.  Busy up that time with only experiences and thoughts that make you feel wonderful.  They say those open wounds are great, for they allow new experiences to come through.  I like to say that’s true.  That one day, a new understanding, a new relationship, can help heal in the best possible way.  From the inside-out.

Your guard, keep it up.  High enough, for one who is meant to do whatever it takes to break it down, or just enough so you can peak over, and maybe check out who’s on the other side.  Don’t ever expect certain actions from others, but stay true to how you want to be treated.  Stand up for your beliefs, but understand your beliefs will make or break you, and no one else.  By that I mean, your beliefs may never get through some people, but that doesn’t mean maybe one day acceptance can not be the belief you both share.

I write this for those who still feel that pain, that fear.  That person or image that comes in your head, and still has your heart pounding.  Keep it in.  Let it out.  Forgive and don’t forget.  Do whatever it is you need to do.  I promise, I won’t tell you how long you got.  One day, you’ll surprise yourself.  With acceptance, you may never ride a bike again.  With strength, you will find another way to get wherever you desire to be.

Oh, and don’t forget to hug and be forever grateful for the people who take that ride with you.  The family and friends who are there will make for necessary, unforgettable experiences to let in.

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The fastest way to freedom is to feel your feelings. ~Gita Bellin

When In Doubt, Keep It Going

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Just keep GOING.

Seriously, that is the message I have for you and myself.

As part of human nature, we depend and love momentum.  A constant need and love for movement and feelings of progress.  Although, what happens when we lose it, or feel as if it is gone?

I know I am guilty of  just wanting to give up.  From coming out of an argument with loved ones, or having a sudden feeling of panic, rapidly everything you worked for seems pointless.  Unreachable.  Unimaginable.

Over the past couple of weeks, I have been going through ALOT of doubt.  It usually comes out after being a little scared, nervous, or upset.  Automatically, I attack the things and people I love most.  How can I get hurt by others I care for deeply (that is called ego, discussion on that sometime soon) and then on top of that, tell myself what I love isn’t worth it?  Questioning my passions and growth being worth the work, the failures, the smiles, and the growth.  Sometimes the question turns into, “Am I even moving?”

What growth has actually happened? Regardless of what you believe in the moment, what keeps you going and smiling is helping you grow everyday.  That subject, work, or dream is worth it and tangible.  That smile you have is a constant assurance.  The feedback you receive is the reflection of your work.  That lightness in your heart, only grows when we the constant growth of love.  Love of family, work , and your own being.

We always hear how to never give up or to get back up when you fall.  But, growing up.. there are times when you do need to let go.  Letting go is the conscious phrase for quit.  Because when you let go, you are letting go of what doesn’t serve you.  When you quit, you quit a habit, a job, a dream.

So when you feel doubtful, stuck, or unsure of your passions, stay in the feelings a little longer if you must, maybe cry a bit.  And then, let them go.  Because what you want will always come back to you.  Passions are inescapable.  Almost like love.  That feeling lingers forever.  And if it’s something you care for deeply, that made you work harder, smile brighter, and left you to be a better person, then maybe it is the best thing for you.  So move on, and keep it going.

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Conscious Beauty: DIY Face Scrub

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My dears, I have another beauty post for ya’ll!

My skin care and beauty routine has definitely taken a huge leap over the last few years.  Whether its converting myself from drug store products to expensive brand cleansers and creams, I have tried it all.  The perfect skin is still far from reach, but after all this time, I finally discovered the secret! Or, rather experienced it.  Not only does it reduce puffiness, but it actually makes you feel and look a little more radiant and alive! SLEEP!

Yes, I said it.  I know it’s been something everyone’s been raving about.  But for the first time I had consecutive days of early rises FOLLOWED by early bed times.  Magical.  I found myself not needing to put a load of make up (eye-makeup) to feel and look alive.  What I noticed most were the under eye baggage not being as prominent, which is actually a hereditary struggle for myself.  Try sleep, it’s great.

Any way, I promise this was not the only thing I wanted to share with you.  I just thought since we were on the subject of break-through beauty thangs…. On to the good stuff.

How has these winter months been treating you?  Well, what I really want to know is how your skin is doing? If you are anything like my vata-self (windy, dry, and cold), then you most likely feel like the whole world is ending at times.  Or rather, you might just feel itchy and dry.  Same thing?

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As you know, I’ve been experimenting with lot’s of DIY products.  From homemade deodorant, to easy face cleansers, I try to always make it easily adjustable for everyone. This one is no different.  It is pretty simple, and does what’s needed for anyone looking to get rid of dry skin, and help skin feel rejuvenated and soft.

Natural ingredients, each having their own reason to shine and have you shining as well.

  • Sugar – Natural scrub/exfoliator.  Helps rid dead and flaky skin.
  • Coconut oil – Helps moisturize and hydrate dry skin.  Fight acne.  Antibacterial and antioxidant properties to keep skin healthy and protected.
  • Lemon – Balances pH on skin.  Helps brighten and soften skin.  Rids dead skin cells combined with sugar.

This recipe calls for a pretty small portion, but it is perfect since a little goes along way and you don’t need to use it everyday.  I recommend about twice a week at least.  It keeps in the fridge for at least a month, but I recommend smelling and keeping it eye on it after.  Like any natural food like product, use your senses for any spoilage.

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DIY Face Scrub

Ingredients

  • 4 tbs sugar
  • 3 tbs coconut oil
  • 1 lemon squeezed

Mix then refrigerate.  Use small portion and make pliable on hand first.  Apply onto skin, moving softly in slow circular motion all over face.  Rinse with luke warm water, then splash with cool water.  Pat dry with small towel.

You may add another nightly moisturizer to seal hydration.

 

 

 

How to Get Over Being Busy. Now.

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You know those days.. weeks?  months?  Those times you can’t believe you still have enough energy to even eat.  When we really think about it, the question “How they are doing?” usually ends with busy.  Nowadays more than ever, if you aren’t busy, then your way of living is questionable.  You must have a shit-ton of loans to pay off, jobs, a family, or rather busy trying to create a family.  How did that happen?  When did we want to be so busy all the time? And to the point, that should we have a little free time, we become bored?

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DIY coming up soon!

I must say that I found myself about to break last week.  I have this very bad tendency of sacrificing sleep above anything else.  I know I can function (enough for what I need) on four to six hours for a few days.  Then I crashed.  There was also a sense of guilt.  How can I neglect my passions!  Whether it’s writing this blog or thinking of new ideas and programs, I love to spend any free time I had doing it. For myself, it’s not just a hobby, but a bigger part of my life.  I didn’t remember saying everything else was more important.  This is when I stepped back and remembered, “I got this.”  This is what I want.

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Sofrito for the soul

So where do we draw the line in order fit in what and who is most important to us?  When can we say stop, THIS is what I want to do?

  1.  Prioritize.  Yes, your job is important.  Your family is important.  Your health is important.  Your passions are important.  But, I might go further to say what will sustain you.  What will give you that balance?  A job does provide money for food and shelter, whether for just yourself or anyone else.  So, first accept that you do what you can to get what you need.  Then stop.  Work your ass off and breathe.  Because, at the end of the day you probably have a few other things that you want to get done, even experience.
  2. Find something you enjoy.  And become good at it.  This is one key to being happy by yourself, with yourself, and for yourself.  Become good at something that makes you want to work hard and find time to do this new hobby/side-hustle/art.  Whether it be as simple as reading a book, to a whole new yoga practice.  You will find yourself working just as hard on other priorities and love being able to come back to that.  You can keep busy doing what you love.  Who knew?
  3. Let it go.  This seems to work for almost anything.  As a culture, the goal is to do better, stay focused, and stay busy.  Even I at times find myself thinking, “Ok, now what?”  That’s when it’s time to say, “Yes!” and enjoy a good old comedy show.  It actually feels great.  There is always something to do, but sometimes it’s best to just hang out.  Laugh with others or to yourself watching something good.  If you feel you can do a little more, but still want to just relax, Pinterest!  Ideas and creativity while in your sweatpants is always a great thing.
  4. Start with yourself.  Don’t wait for anything or anyone. Eat well and get sleep.  Everyone has short-comings  when they become busy and mine is the latter.  These two things alone help me stay focus on busy days and enjoy life how I like the other days.  Staying focus helps you understand what has to be done and what you want to do, which really comes down to how you want to feel.

Nobody wants to feel too busy they can’t find time for what they love.  And when you do find the time, you don’t want to feel anything other than happy and relaxed.  This is for you not to forget about what’s important.  In kindergarden we have nap time and snack time.  As adults, we have me-time.  Let’s get back to that!

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Quick and Easy Fried Rice

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So, one of my goals to eat healthier and get back into a more consistent/routine practice had to do with cooking.  Now, more than ever I have a great opportunity to utilize a working kitchen, using a lot more of the ingredients I love.  As well, I am trying to use methods to create the cost-effective and health conscious meals for myself and others.  If you struggle with feeding yourself and others with limited time and budget this post is for you.  Even if you don’t, this is a great easy break for you experienced-love-to-cook chefs😉

I wanted to make enough food in one day to last almost three.  From one meal of rice and beans, I used the left over rice to make an easy and quick fried rice recipe.

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What makes this recipe cost-effective are the use of frozen vegetables and cabinet spices.  I don’t know about you, but sometimes I slip on keeping up with planned meals and end up having VERY old wilted vegetables.  Also, it’s a great way to get a variety without buying a crazy amount.  Cabinet spices definitely helped when you forget the fresh basics, such as garlic and ginger, but still makes for a great taste.

I saved time having the rice cooked.  After that, you just cook the egg!

Disclaimer:  I don’t tend to measure ingredients when cooking.  I use the old taste and tell method of measurement, so most of these are estimations.  Feel free to change to your liking!

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  • Half pot of already cooked rice (white or brown)
  • 2 packages frozen stir-fry vegetables
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup canola or sesame seed oil
  • 1/4 cup kimchi juice or rice vinegar
  • 1/3 cup tamari soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 2 tsp garlic
  • 4 scallions chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste

Heat up your rice and defrost the vegetables in 2 different pots.  As they heat up you can create your sauce.  I used canola oil, kimchi juice from the jar, tamari, and spices.  Set aside.

Combine the vegetable and rice once warm.  Scramble the two eggs and add to the pot.  Mix together and then combine with sauce.  Add the scallions in, plus more for garnish. Salt and pepper to taste!

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I served mine with a little hot sauce and a dijon Mahi Mahi.  I only defrost the fish and then smothered it with dijon mustard and leftover sauce!  Right into the oven it went!

I hope you enjoy!